Planning & Development

Q&A’s

What are the front, side and rear property line setbacks and height requirements for a house, and for an accessory building, (garage, shed)?

A house must be set back from its property line if fronting on an arterial or collector highway, 15 meters, (50 feet); and, from any other street or highway, 7.5 meters, (25 feet). A house requires a side lot line of 3 meters, (10 feet), and a rear lot line of 7.5 meters, (25 feet). No main building may exceed 9 meters, (30 feet), in height.

An accessory building, (detached garage, shed), may not be located in front of the main dwelling. No part of the accessory building can be closer than 1.5 meters, (5 feet), of a side or rear property line, but where a side or rear property line is also a street line, if it is an arterial or collector highway, 15 meters, (50 feet); and, from any other street or highway, 7.5 meters, (25 feet). No accessory building can exceed one story or 5 meters, (16 feet).

NOTE: Distances are measured from your surveyed property line, not from the street or sidewalk.

How close can a fence be located to my property line?

A fence or any greenery bordering property is to be located at least 60 cm, (2 feet) from the property line. No fence may exceed 180 cm, (6 feet) in height in a Residential Zone, or 250 cm, (8.3 feet), in a zone other than a Residential Zone.

Is a fence required around my pool?

Yes, an enclosed fence or wall of a building or structure is required, or a combination of both, at least 150 cm, (5 feet), in height, and the enclosure must be located at least 130 cm (4.3 feet), from the edge of the swimming pool or from any condition that would allow its being climbed from the outside. The enclosure is required to prevent children from climbing up over and into the pool.

For additional information, contact Quispamsis Planning Department at 849-5749.